JuLy 2019

Budj Bim added to UNESCO World Heritage list

Indigenous Employment Partners congratulates Denis Rose and everyone at Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation for the work they have undertaken since 2002 conserving and protecting Budj Bim and having the work of their ancestors recognised at this culturally important site.

The site was created about 6,600 years ago by the Gunditjmara people, who used stones to build an elaborate series of channels and pools to harvest eels from Lake Condah as well as permanent stone dwellings helping to dispel the myth that Aboriginal Australians were nomadic. Budj Bim is also considered one of the oldest aquaculture sites in the world.

This recognition will create opportunities for tourism and employment.

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June 2019

BushWok Masterchef

As part of a 10139NAT Course in Indigenous Mentoring delivered by Indigenous Employment Partners in Alice Springs for Central Australian Remote Health (CARHDS), mentors and their mentees  undertook a healthy cooking and eating competition called ‘BushWok – Master Chef’.

The event was organised and run by the amazing Rayleen Brown from Kungkas Can Cook.

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IEP Board member Appointment

Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP) is proud to announce the newest member of our board Diana David, a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women from the Southern Kaanju Nation Central Cape York Peninsula and Kulkagau Ya Iama (Yam Is) Western Torres Strait Islands, North Queensland.

Diana was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reconciliation Victoria in November 2018 and is the first ever Indigenous CEO for Reconciliation Victoria. And as CEO has been working alongside Indigenous Employment Partners since.

Diana has a broad range of academic and professional credentials, including working with the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and a participant of the Cape York Leadership Academy.  She brings extensive Government sector experience to the IEP board and prior to working with Reconciliation Victoria, Diana held a position with the Victorian Treaty Advancement Commission (VTAC).

She has worked extensively in Aboriginal Affairs with Aboriginal Victoria (AV) and has always been interested in the Reconciliation journey.  Passionate about developing campaigns with a strong cultural lens across them.

IEP is thrilled to have Diana joining our Board and we very much welcome the contribution she will make in supporting IEP’s strategies, business development, performance monitoring, managing risk and ensuring regulatory compliance.

Den Batty, Chairperson, Indigenous Employment Partners

MAY 2019


First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria election enrolment now open

Enrolment has opened for Aboriginal Victorians to elect the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.

You can enrol here.

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MAR 2019

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong goes live!

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong is Victoria’s first Aboriginal community controlled Philanthropic Fund.

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Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn

Indigenous Employment Partners is running a new campaign.

The campaign is called Working Mums: Bundap Marram Durn-durn and we’re looking for support.

We’re looking to raise $100,000.00.

To see all the details, please click here  

If you would like to organise a corporate giving campaign click on the fundraise button then click ‘fundraise as a company’ and fill out your details.

If you would like to get a group of people together to fundraise click on the fundraise button then click on ‘fundraise as a team’ and compete the details.

Please pass this on to anyone else you know who might be interested.

Uncle Jack did his time, but his record remains a ball and chain

The Age 7th March 2019 highlights the story of Uncle Jack Charles and the campaign by Woor-Dungin to introduce a spent conviction scheme.

Criminal records are a significant barrier to employment for many Aboriginal people and Indigenous Employment Partners supports the Woor-Dungin campaign

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Aboriginal Ex Offender Employment Program Workshop

Join Woor-Dungin and Indigenous Employment Partners on September 11-12 2019 to learn more about finding work when you have a criminal record.

IEP will be running a workshop for employers who want to hire people with a criminal record.

More details available soon.

Continuous Improvement at Indigenous Employment Partners

On Thursday 7 March and Friday 8th March Central Australian remote Health Development Services (CARHDS) from Alice Springs, Tauondi College from Adelaide, Building Indigenous Capability (BIC) from Canberra and Indigenous Employment Partners met at the Indigenous Employment Partners offices to review the 10139NAT Course in Indigenous Mentoring.

On day one staff reviewed feedback from course participants and made improvements to the training materials based on this feedback.

Vicki from Tauondi, Veronica from BIC, Dennis from IEP and Raelene from CARHDS.

On day two we explored ways we can improve the learning experiences for participants in the future including putting some parts of the course online.

If you would like to know more about the course please contact us.

JAN 2019

Reconciliation Victoria supports a continuing national conversation about shifting our national day from January 26 – to reflect on who we are as a nation, what we stand for, and what date in our history best reflects those values and attributes.

Reconciliation Victoria encourages local councils, organisations and individuals commemorating the day to recognise the honoured place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our nation’s history, to be sensitive to the feelings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may see the day as one of mourning, and to see the day as an opportunity to promote understanding, respect and reconciliation.

Reconciliation Victoria has provided some simple ways to mark 26th January respectfully, and acknowledge members of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Check out Reconciliation Victoria’s website for suggestions on how you can mark 26 Jan respectfully.

Indigenous Employment Partners recommends to all our clients and partner organisations to consult with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities about how to appropriately mark the day.

JAN 2019

IEP welcomes new board member

Indigenous Employment Partners (IEP) is proud to announce the appointment of Jade Miller (Yorta Yorta) to our board.

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NOV 2018

IEP mentoring course growing strong in NT

Darwin Mentoring

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed IEP’s Indigenous Mentoring Course in Darwin.

Twelve people traveled from all parts of the country to take part in the 5 day course delivered at the Australian National University’s (ANU) North Australia Research Unit (NARU).

Here’s some of the kind words people shared on completing the course:


I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it

The facilitator made me feel safe and the content of the workshop helped me understand how to be a mentor

Really, it was the most amount of information, knowledge and skills I have ever gained from a course

An inspiration!

IEP chats with CAAMA radio

Australia’s largest Aboriginal Media organisation, Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) recently invited IEP to talk on their Strong Voices radio program.  CAAMA broadcaster, Kyle Dowling chatted to IEP Co-Director, Nicole Findlay about IEP’s success in recently being awarded a Westpac Foundation Community Grant.

Take a listen!

Oct 2018

Indigenous Employment Partners congratulates Not-for-profit Law on its 10th birthday

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Oct 2018

IEP attends Mullum Mullum Fund Raising Dinner

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Sept 2018

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust supports IEP

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July 2018


Strong Sistas keeping culture safe

Seven remarkable Aboriginal women were recognised at IEP’s inaugural NAIDOC week event on Friday 6 July 2018:

Aunty Di Kerr,  Traditional Custodian, Wurundjeri

Antoinette Braybrook,  CEO Djirra, Kuku Yalanji

Cheryl Vickery-Nicholls,  Community elder, Yorta Yorta

Shona Stewart,  City of Whittlesea, Wiradjuri/Latdje Latdje

Katrina Harrison,  Skillinvest, Palawa

Leanne Sumner,  Cultural Advisor and Educator, Gunditjmara

Karen Lovett,  Artist and Arts Teacher, Gunditjmara

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